30 Oct

Italian bread, toasted and topped with a mixture of tomatoes, fresh basil, onions, garlic, and olive oil, and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

-By Carrie (Strommen) Lennie


4 Roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
½ cup diced onions
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 garlic clove, cut in half
salt and pepper to taste
10 medium fresh basil leaves, chopped
4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
8 slices crusty Italian bread
Extra virgin olive oil, to drizzle
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Combine diced tomatoes and chopped garlic in a mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add half of chopped basil and 4 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Drizzle both sides of bread slices with extra virgin olive oil. Grill bread lightly on both sides.
  3. Rub grilled bread with cut half of garlic clove to infuse with flavor. Top each slice with tomato mixture.
  4. Garnish with remaining chopped basil and Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.
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Posted by on October 30, 2011 in Appetizers


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